The philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer interests a wide audience that spans the traditional distinction between European (continental) and Anglo-American (analytic) philosophy. Yet one of the most important and complex aspects of his work - his engagement with German Idealism - has received comparatively little attention. In this book, Kristin Gjesdal uses a close analysis and critical investigation of Gadamer's Truth and Method (1960) to show that his engagement with Kant, Hegel, and Schleiermacher is integral to his conception of hermeneutics. She argues that a failure to engage with this aspect of Gadamer's philosophy leads to a misunderstanding of the most pressing problem of post-Heideggerian hermeneutics: the tension between the commitment to the self-criticism of reason, on the one hand, and the turn towards the meaning-constituting authority of tradition, on the other. Her study provides an illuminating assessment of both the merits and the limitations of Gadamer's thought.
About the Author
Kristin Gjesdal is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Temple University.
Table of ContentsPreface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Art, dialogue, and historical knowledge: appropriating Kant's Critique of Judgment; 2. Beyond the third Critique: epistemological skepticism and aesthetic consciousness; 3. Overcoming the problems of modern philosophy: art, truth, and the turn to ontology; 4. History, reflection, and self-determination: critiquing the Enlightenment and Hegel; 5. Schleiermacher's critical theory of interpretation; 6. Normativity, critique, and reflection: the hermeneutic legacy of German Idealism; Bibliography of works cited; Index.